Westcliff Primary Academy

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About Westcliff Primary Academy

Name Westcliff Primary Academy
Website http://www.westcliffpriacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Head of Teaching & Learning Mr Lewis Webb
Address First Avenue, Dawlish, EX7 9RA
Phone Number 01626862444
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 374
Local Authority Devon
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The multi-academy trust has provided effective leadership and management of the school since conversion to sponsored academy status in 2016.

It has taken decisive action to improve leadership and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. The school is well led by the head of teaching and learning, who is supported effectively by the executive headteacher. They have a clear vision for the school, as well as drive, determination and ambition for all pupils.

They have high expectations of staff and pupils. Leaders, including governors and trustees, have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Governors use... their wide range of skills to challenge leaders well.

Unit leaders are fully committed to improving the quality of teaching and raising standards. Staff are proud to work at the school and are a good team. They have fully supported the school leaders in making necessary improvements.

Teaching is good across the school. This ensures that all groups of pupils make strong progress from their different starting points. However, leaders recognise that the most able pupils could be challenged to do even better.

Children make a good start to the early years. They grow in confidence, enjoy their learning and make good progress during their Reception Year. Leaders and staff have significantly improved the teaching of reading.

Pupils are enthusiastic readers and acquire phonics skills well. Leaders are now working to ensure that mathematics is taught to the same high standard. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.

They enjoy coming to school. Pupils are keen to learn, take pride in their work and concentrate well in lessons. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress.

However, this progress is not always reflected by pupils' attainment at the end of each key stage. Pupils benefit from a creative and interesting curriculum. However, this does not yet enable pupils to apply the skills learned in writing and mathematics consistently across the wider curriculum.

Parents are very positive about the school. They say that the school keeps their children safe. They value the support and guidance offered by leaders, the parent support adviser and other staff.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school and the roll is growing. The school is organised into 12 classes. The school converted to become a sponsored academy on 1 February 2016 and joined the First Federation Multi-Academy Trust.

Governance is undertaken by the central hub board. The head of teaching and learning took up her post shortly after the conversion to academy status. She moved from another school in the academy trust.

The school operates a breakfast and after-school club. The school also provides an early morning nurture group for pupils. Most pupils are White British and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language has grown recently.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium funding is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average. The number of pupils with an education, health and care plan is broadly average.

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